Stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Find places to stargaze in this region

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is rightly proud of being the first dark sky reserve in Europe. Much of the region is free from light pollution and rightly claims to have some of the darkest skies in the country.

Going stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve will reward you with amazing views of the cosmos. The sky is filled with many more stars than you would normally see from a town or city. The glow of the Milky Way is easily spotted on dark moonless nights.

A number of campsites across the region are dark sky friendly. Several Dark Sky Discovery Sites offer amazing places to stargaze. This wonderfully dark region is well worth a visit!

Stargazing locations in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

The map below shows places to go stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve including observatories, officially recognised dark sky locations and recommended sites. We very much welcome suggestions if you'd like to contact us.

List of stargazing locations in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Brendon Two Gates

Brendon Two Gates, Simonsbath, TA24

Dunkery & Horner Wood

Exmoor National Park, North of Exford, TA24

Dunkery Beacon

Exmoor National Park, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

Frogwell Lodge Car Park

Exmoor National Park, West of Upton, TA4

Goat Hill Bridge Car Park

Off B3358, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

Holdstone Down Car Park

Holdstone Down, Near Combe Martin, EX34

Landacre Bridge

Landacre Lane, North of Sandyway

Spire Cross – Exmoor

Halse Lane, Near Winsford, TA24 7JD, South West

Webbers Post

Exmoor National Park, South of Horner, TA24

Wimbleball Lake

Dluverton, Near Tiverton, Somerset, Devon, TA22, Somerset

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